UNDP Administrator condemns kidnapping of Nigeria schoolgirls

20 May 2014

The Administrator of UNDP, Helen Clark, has issued a short video condemning the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Northeastern Nigeria.

"We want these girls back home," said Helen Clark.

"The kidnapping is a horrendous crime," she said, adding that "it's good to see now so much international attention focused on this and international help for Nigeria".

The girls were kidnapped in April by suspected Boko Haram militants. Since then, a viral social media campaign, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has been asking for their liberation.

On 7 May, Helen Clark and a large number of prominent public figures, including Mo Ibrahim, Mary Robinson and Richard Branson, signed a letter asking for the release of the girls.

"We urge all local, national and regional governments, with the full support of the international community to dedicate the expertise and resources -  from satellite potential to intelligence services to multinational corporations' supply chains - to bring our girls back," the letter stated.